Ian Waugh is a film director and writer.
An alumnus of Berlinale Talents, Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab, and Reykjavík International Film Festival Transatlantic Talent Lab, his work has screened in competition worldwide.
Raised in North East England, he studied photography and film at Edinburgh Napier University, graduating with an MFA in Advanced Film Practice from Screen Academy Scotland. His 60 minute graduation film Leaves was nominated for Best UK First Feature at London’s East End Film Festival.
He formed the production label Only Son to independently produce the short drama Strayed. Shooting on location in the Scottish Highlands, the film previewed at the European Union in Brussels before premiering in competition at the Glasgow Short Film Festival. It was released online through the acclaimed independent film platform NoBudge.
He returned to the Highland landscape with the Creative Scotland commissioned short drama As He Lay Falling. After premiering in competition for the Best Short Film Award at the 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival, As He Lay Falling received Special Mentions at the 11th Reykjavik International Film Festival and the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus, and won the Directors Jury Award at the 16th International Short Film Festival of Soria. Having screened at over 25 international festivals it was released online through the BFI Network.
As He Lay Falling is being developed into a feature film of the same name by Nakba FilmWorks, Homemade Films and Only Son, with support from the Scottish Film Talent Network with the assistance of Creative Scotland and the BFI Network. An international co-production, the feature film will shoot on location in Scotland and Greece.
In the summer of 2017 Ian was based in Iceland as an artist in residence with SÍM, The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists. Supported by Creative Scotland, he began early development of an Icelandic set feature film while producing video works for a solo exhibition.